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Peter's Chair

(Peter #3)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  3,850 ratings  ·  302 reviews
When Peter finds out that his blue furniture is being painted pink for his new baby sister, he takes the last unpainted item, a chair, and runs away.
Paperback, 40 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Minnesota Humanities Commission (first published 1967)
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This is simple and to the point and there is truth in the story. There is a new baby in the house and Peter’s dad is repainting all Peter’s old baby furniture pink for his sister. Peter doesn’t like that, so he takes his baby chair outside to sulk. He realizes he no longer fits in it. He has a change of heart and then helps paint the chair with his Dad.

I was reading and it sounds like Ezra was using collage in his artwork with paint. All I know is that it’s beautiful. I just love the vibrant co
Peter's family is getting ready for a new baby. Peter feels a bit put out about his old baby furniture being used for the new arrival. Although Peter's parents weren't totally unsympathetic to his feelings I did think this one hasn't aged as well as the others. It would have been nice if Peter had been asked if the baby could use his old things and it seemed a bit stereotypical through todays eyes that the purple paint had to be replaced with pink because his sibling was a girl.

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Nov 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
I love Keats' illustrations in this one! It's a gentle story about a young boy who is jealous of his baby sister getting all his old baby things, until his old toddler's chair helps him realize an important truth. ...more
Jermeria Daniel
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sharing, family
I would use this book for students who may have a sibling on the way. This is a great book yo use to prepare children for the arrival of another baby therefore creating a text to self connection.
Denise Lauron
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Peter learns what it means to share with a new sibling in this book. I recommend it to any family with a second or third child just arriving. The older child will definitely benefit from this story.
B. P. Rinehart
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
With all the events of the last few months, I nearly overlooked the fact that this year is the 100th birthday anniversary of one of America's greatest children's authors: Ezra Jack Keats. This book is one of the many of his that I read in my early elementary school days. This books plot is to show young kids with younger siblings that they will be required to pass on some of their baby items to them. Keats' stalwart protagonist, Peter, has to learn, this lesson concerning his infant sister. the ...more
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-read this with my friend's son, who wants a baby sister to play with. I thought it might change his mind, LOL. ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Peter’s Chair litterary essay By: Tanmay Patnayukuni
In life, there are problems with your siblings, like in the book Peter’s Chair By Ezra Jack Keats Peter got a new baby at home and doesn’t want her to be at home because his father is painting all of peter’s things pink. This is a story of a small boy named peter whose parents have just had a new baby.
Sarah Wolfe
I love Ezra Jack Keats but running away because you're mad? Not the message I want to encourage. ...more
Luisa Knight
Peter has a new baby sister. His cradle gets painted pink. His high chair gets painted pink. Even his crib gets painted pink. Peter doesn't want his chair painted so he grabs it and runs away. Runs away right outside of his house, that is, and is eventually coaxed home and offers to paint his chair.

While Peter does have a change of heart, I prefer introducing children to books with good attitudes and character to start with, so when they are in a similar situation, they know how to respond and t
Sep 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: children-reads
"Peter's Chair" by Ezra Jack Keats demostrates the importance of learning to share and helps children realize that, as they get older, they will not be able to do the same things as before. This story is about a little boy whose family is about to welcome a brand new baby girl; as a result of this, they are painting all of Peter's baby things pink. Well, naturally, he starts to feel left out, like all his baby things are being taken away from him for the new baby. So, he decides to save the one ...more
Emily Holter
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the book, Peter's Chair" by Ezra Jack Keats. The story starts out with a little boy, maybe around the age of four, playing inside his house with his blocks. When his blocks crash down and make a noise, his mother reminds him to play quietly because they have a new baby in the house. His mother and father are using all of Peter's old things, such as; a crib, cradle, and high chair. Peter becomes jealous and upset that his new, little sister is receiving his old things and his par ...more
Asalyn Holliday
Like Love You Forever I think this book would be good for learning about growing up and adapting to change. I think this book is very easy to relate to and is very relevant to the lives of many students mainly those who are getting used to having a new sibling. This book would be great for making personal connections and learning to express feelings an appropriate and constructive way.
Sep 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Peter comes to terms with his baby sister. Even though my son is mostly used to his sister, I still think these sorts of books help him understand that having a sister is something that little boys all over the world have to deal with.
Ebony Hargett
Apr 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great book for students with younger siblings. I enjoyed reading this book because it is easy to relate to. It focuses on growing up, getting angry, dealing with frustration and sharing with a baby sister. Cute illustrations also. Great flow of events in the story.
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not sure how I missed this, when I was working through Keats' book for university. I like how Peter is loved, but not coddled; his parents don't make a great big fuss of 'now you're the big brother.' So thanks to Little Free Libraries for passing on these treasures! ...more
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First class presentation, this is.
Bree Taylor
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Read for a Book Riot challenge.

I forgot how much I loved this book as a kid. I'm glad I still own it. <3
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brandi Rotach
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Peter’s chair
Fiction Picture Book
By Ezra Jack Keats
Grades: K-2
Guided Reading Level: J
Lexile: 500
16 pages

Peter has a new baby sister! He is sad because his old crib and his high chair were being painted pink. He figures he will run away, and take his chair with him to prevent that too from being turned pink. When he arranges all of the things he has taken to run away with, Peter tries to sit in his old chair and realizes… he is too big for it. Peter then decides that a
Feb 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
Yep, Jen doesn't get children's books.

So the basic story is that Peter is mad about his parents taking all of his old furniture and painting it pink for his new baby sister in a displaced-older-sibling kind of story, until at the end he and his dad repaint his chair together. Leaving aside the annoying reinforcement of gender expectations that is painting all of a boy's things blue and a girl's pink because Authorial Time Period, I still don't understand the story. I mean, I get the premise--old
Gillian Getlan
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: realistic
Peter's life is different, now that he has a new sister. He cannot be as loud as he used to be, and all of his old things are being painted pink for his new sister! Eventually, Peter realizes he is too big for his chair and wants to help paint it for his new sister.

I really loved the simplicity of the text and illustrations. The text simply discussed Peter's story of him dealing with his new sister, and the illustrations focused on what was happening (him playing with his dog or stealing his sis
Shahina Khanom
May 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book as it teaches children about different concepts in life such a sharing, changes of getting older and also growing up. Peter’s parents are about to welcome a new addition to their family a baby girl and start to paint all of Peter’s baby furniture pink. He starts to get upset because he feels all his baby things are being taken away but doesn’t realise he no longer needs them anymore because he is growing up. He saves one item, his chair, but eventually when th ...more
Brandon Brice
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was about a boy who started to realize that everything he had as a young boy, his parents started to give it to his new baby born sister. He was not happy about this because they painted everything he had pink for his sister. He seen one last thing that was still blue which was his chair, so he thought about running away and taking his dog with him until he realized he couldn’t fit in the chair anymore.

I like this book because it shows that everyone is attached to something no matter
May 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Peter’s Chair is an amusing book about young boy that has difficulty coping with the idea of having a new sibling. His parents keep painting his old belongings pink and giving it to his younger sister Susie. However, Peter devises a plan to hide his old toddler chair, which his parents have not yet seen. Towards the end of the book, Peter realises that he is too big for his things and comes round to the idea of his sister having them.

This is a wonderful book for explaining to young children the
Benjamin Smith
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: class-discussion
Its quite a basic story, but with a powerful message. It shows Peter feeling alone and as though he is feeling replaced by his new sister. His Mum and Dad aren't showing interest in him and are repainting all of his things pink. As he See's this he "leaves" home for somewhere he is wanted. Of course when he tries to fit in his old seat, he realizes that he is too big for it. He offers to paint the things with his father, and to play a joke on his mother. IT highlights how children can feel when ...more
Robert Davis
Peter has difficulty adjusting to a new baby sister, so he plans to run away. Along the way, he discovers a truth in his old toddler chair that helps him realize that accepting change is a part of growing up.

My favorite image was at the end when Willie the dog gets into the paint and leaves a trail of pink paw prints behind him.
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A boy has a new little sister. His parents have been painting his old baby furniture pink to use with his new sister. Peter's not happy about the baby getting his old furniture, so he takes a chair that is still blue. He runs away with the chair, but ends up changing his mind.

A good story for youngsters that will be getting a new little brother or sister.
This book is about a little boy and his family.Recently he has gotten a new addition to his family: a little sister. His family has been preparing for the new addition by painting all of Pedro's old things pink. Pedro gets upset and he does not like what is happening to all of his things, especially his old favorite chair. This book is good for children to read when they are expecting to be a big brother. It also demonstrates sharing in the way of Pedro's things being given to his new baby siste ...more
Morgan Drummond
Peter's Chair is a book that is about a boy noticing all of the things that were once his are now his sister's. His crib, cradle, highchair and soon his chair will all be painted pink. He does not like it because he says they are his things. He notices the chair has not been painted yet so he takes it and him and the dog run away to the front of the house. His mom asks him to come back but he pretends he does not hear her. He tries to sit and realizes he is too big. He goes inside and plays a tr ...more
Ben Truong
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Peter's Chair is a children's picture book written and illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats, which tells a story about a boy named Peter as he learns to share with his brand new baby sister Susie. It is the third book of seven books in the Peter series.

The text is rather simple, straightforward, and had an innocent vibe to them. It is a story about a boy named Peter who doesn't want to share his baby things that he has outgrown with Susie, his baby sister. It has a childlike innocence vibe as Peter ch
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